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When Reece Johnston was a boy, a fire destroyed his home, killing his mother and brothers while leaving him scarred for life. It also kindled something dark inside him: an irresistible attraction to flames in all their terrifying, tantalizing power. But after two failed arson attempts—and two trips to the mental ward—he was finally able to put down the matches and pick up the pieces.
With a career as a bestselling crime writer going strong, Reece is working to fix his broken marriage to Lisa and be there for their preteen daughter, Anna. He’s not just dealing with his own demons; there’s a world of deadly hurt bearing down on him in the form of the jealous rival he’s bested in literature and love, who’s determined to see Reece crash…and burn. But a guy like Reece knows how to take the heat. And thanks to his lifelong friendship with fire, he also knows how to bring it.
From the Editor
Most people wouldn’t think that pyromania and parenting would go together, but hey, every family is different. For me to lose myself in a thriller, I need characters (fire starters or not) I can care deeply about—action scenes alone won’t do it. Everything Burns took me on a psychological roller-coaster ride through action and emotion that I can’t forget.
Author Vincent Zandri told me he was inspired partly by the way his own family was reunited. “When I started dating my wife again, six years after our divorce, I couldn’t help but wonder what her attraction had been to the man she had been seeing in the meantime. A guy who was also a writer...go figure!” Zandri took this experience to a new and darker level in writing Reece Johnston, who is haunted and obsessed by fire.
Reece becomes trapped in his own paranoia about his rival for his ex-wife’s affections, and he can’t fully accept that his fractured family has come together again. But even as he finds himself sinking back into destructive old habits, he still pushes forward in a desperate attempt to keep his ex and daughter safe.
As Vince said, “I wrote Everything Burns hoping that readers would devour it in one sitting, then start all over again to catch what they missed the first time. There’s a lot happening in this book, both in the burning mind of the main character and in the pyro action described on the page.” It worked for me: this book kept me turning pages furiously, locked in Reece’s struggle with his demons and pulled along by his fierce, fiery love for his family.
- Kjersti Egerdahl, Editor
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